|Al Golden is staying at Miami (US Presswire)|
Would you leave South Beach for Wisconsin? Miami's Al Golden wouldn't.
On Thursday Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported that Miami coach Al Golden, a favorite of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, had "emerged heavily" as a candidate for the school's vacant heach coaching position and was "mulling a decision today."
Well, Golden made that decision Thursday not long after Thamel's original report, and his decision was to humbly decline Wisconsin's offer.
Which is good news for Miami, because the Wisconsin job is an attractive one for a head coach. Considering the outside factors at Miami, Golden's decision says a lot about his dedication to the school.
Golden just finished his second season at Miami, and the Hurricanes have gone 13-11 during his two seasons. Miami was bowl-eligible both seasons but self-imposed a bowl ban both years in light of the ongoing NCAA investigation into the program.
There's no telling what penalties the NCAA might impose on Miami in the future, which could have been a factor in Golden's departure had he decided to leave.
In his seven seasons as a head coach Golden's teams are only 40-45, but 30-19 the last four seasons.